mercoledì 30 novembre 2016

FORGOTTEN RELEASES 
AROUND THE WORLD THRILLER DOMINICAN REPUBLIC LP
EPIC QE38112


Do you want to see something harder to find?
Well, let's talk about the Dominican Republic! It seems that "Thriller" got a release EVERYWHERE. Yes, in the pictures below you can see a dominican copy, complete with picture sleeve (not gatefold), and labels as poor as unique : a light blue with an almost green "Epic" logo (Pictures #3 & #4).
How can you see it's from Dominican Republique? There's a small writing on the back sleeve (picture #5) : it means that sometimes a collector must have the Sherlock Holmes eyes!
Needless to say : this press is very very rare!





lunedì 28 novembre 2016

Today's ON THE AIR : 
"SOMEONE IN THE DARK"
E.T. JAPAN BOXSET MCA/VICTOR VIM-1

"Promise me
We'll always be
Walking the world together
Hand in hand
Where dreams never end
My star secret friend and me...
When someone in the dark reaches out to you
And touches off a spark that comes shining through
It tells you never be afraid
When somewhere in your heart you can feel the glow
A light to keep you warm when the night winds blow
Look for the rainbow in the sky
Oh, I believe you and I
Could never really say goodbye
Wherever you may be, I'll look up and see
Someone in the dark for me...."


SOMEONE IN THE DARK 










domenica 27 novembre 2016

RECORD OF THE WEEK : 
TOUR SOUVENIR CD SINGLE JAPAN 
SPECIAL LIMITED EDITION PICTURE CD BOXSET
EPIC/SONY ESCA 5703


Here it is another Showroom's favourite : The Tour Souvenir cd single boxset from Japan!
This box, released in 1992 by Sony Music to promote the Dangerous Tour, includes 5 cds (with the 5th cd as an "extra" for the japanese edition only - the european edition have only 4 discs) and a booklet with infos regarding Michael's career and details about the cds. All 5 cds are picture cds with artwork taken from the albums "Off the wall", "Thriller", "Bad" and "Dangerous". The 5th special cd includes only 1 track, "Come together".
There's another surprise : the 4 cds have all 4 tracks (while the european ones have only 3 - the 4th track on these japanese cds is a remix of one of the songs included on each cd). the 4 tracks are the most famous tracks taken from the reference album.
See picture # for the complete tracklist.
The cds and the booklet are housed in a box filled in a special stickered envelope in plastic.
This is the content :
DISC #1 OFF THE WALL EPIC/SONY ESCA 5703
DISC #2 THRILLER EPIC/SONY ESCA 5704
DISC #3 BAD EPIC/SONY ESCA 5705
DISC #4 DANGEROUS EPIC/SONY ESCA 5706
DISC #5 COME TOGETHER EPIC/SONY ESCA 5707



















sabato 26 novembre 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST : SIGNATURE SERIES USA PROMO CD ESK 5400
(ADDITIONAL PHOTOS INCLUDED)

 
This cd was scheduled to be released in 1993 to promote the Sony Discmans - the idea was to include it in a special box including a discman and a cd from the Sony artists catalogue (on the back sleeve you can notice the writing "Not for individual resale") - but after the cds production started, the promotion plans changed, and the release of the cds withdrawn. Therefore,a few copies are still around...and in a very small quantities. The Michael Jackson "Signature series" cd contains 4 tracks, and includes an unique version of Heal the world with a special Michael speech on his Heal the world foundation's goal,still unreleased on any format. Second track is Todo mi amor eres tu (the well-known spanish version of I just can't stop loving you), 3rd track is a rare remix of Billie Jean called "Four on the floor remix" (later released on some relases of Thriller 25 USA cds) and the fourth and last track is the "Tommy D's main mix" of Wanna be startin'somethin'.
This cd is truly a masterpiece, probably limited to 50/100 copies and certainly one of the most sought-after among all Michael Jackson collectors.

TRACKLIST :
1 - HEAL THE WORLD
(INCLUDING A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM MICHAEL)
2 - TODO MI AMOR ERES TU
(VOCAL DUET WITH SIEDAH GARRETT)
3 - BILLIE JEAN
(FOUR ON THE FLOOR REMIX - RADIO EDIT)
4 - WANNA BE STARTIN'SOMETHIN'
(TOMMY D'S MAIN MIX)










venerdì 25 novembre 2016

MISTAKES & MISPRESSES 
AROUND THE WORLD : BAD KOREA CD 1ST PRESS EPIC/CBS CPK1012

The "mispresses saga" continues with this rare korean "BAD" cd.
This is the very first press (on the front sleeve of the booklet there's still the red bonus track 'Leave me alone' advice, and the catalogue number is clearly of an early Korea press. Where's the mistake? It's on the back insert of the cd, and exactly on the spine : Michael Jackson's name was mispelled as "Michael Jacksoon"!!!
This is a kind of mispress you can find and easily admit on several bootlegs but...this is a 100% official press!! Obviously, the mistake has been corrected on subsequent re-releases.




giovedì 24 novembre 2016

TODAY'S ON THE AIR : 
"BABY BE MINE"
THRILLER USA LONGBOX CD
EPIC EK 38112


"I don't need no dreams when I'm by your side
Every moment takes me to paradise
Darlin', let me hold you
Warm you in my arms and melt your fears away
Show you all the magic that a perfect love can
Make
I need you night and day
So baby, be mine (baby you gotta be mine)
And girl I'll give you all I got to give
So baby, be my girl (all the time)
And we can share this ecstasy
As long as we believe in love..."


BABY BE MINE 

 

martedì 22 novembre 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST :
THRILLER SOUTH AFRICA/ZIMBABWE 12'' MAXI PINK VINYL
EPIC XEN5630

 An old post, to resume truly a MASTERPIECE. An ultra rare pink coloured version of the "Thriller" 12' single released in South Africa (even though I'm quite sure this could be a Zimbabwe press, because the south african "Thriller" black vinyl is housed in a slightly different sleeve with an harder paper. This one looks very similar to other Zimbabwe releases).
The record contains "Thriller" (Album version) on the A-side, backed with the Instrumental version on the other side.
The pink colour shade is shiny, making of this a superb addition to any collection. Its rarity is easy to understand : I've only seen this record twice in 25 years.





domenica 20 novembre 2016

DANGEROUS 25 WEEK SPECIAL ENDING :
A DANGEROUS OVERLOOK

The final tribute post to "Dangerous" is an ensemble of the Showroom's DANGEROUS cds. Original releases, special editions and reissues are here all together. Beware, this is a great number, but these cds are NOT all the releases. Still some rare pressings are missing...and, you know....as always, "the hunt continues...."
 
 


DANGEROUS 25 WEEK SPECIAL
RECORD OF THE WEEK : 
DANGEROUS BRAZIL PICTURE DISC TEST PRESS 
PLAYING RICHARD CLAYDERMAN SONGS
EPIC/SONY XSLP-970/971 144.775


How can the Showroom close this sepcial "Dangerous 25" tribute week?
The only way to stay on the top is showing truly a masterpiece. THE masterpiece, recognizxed as one of the rarest records in the whole Michael Jackson's discography.
So let's go in Brazil, today, to see which item deserves the honour of being presented as the "record of the week"!
This "Dangerous" picture disc from Brazil is probably, with "Smile", the most famous and sought-after item among MJ's collectors.
It was produced in 1991 by Sony music Brazil in a very small quantities ("Black & white" magazine reports only 26 copies were produced) as a test-press for some record company's executives before the release of the album. Because the album wasn't still ready for its release, some Richard Clayderman's "Christmas songs" vinyls have been used to make this test-press.
When Sony Brazil realized that the album was a double record, and its production requested a longer time (with a possibly further delay of the album release) deleted the release, and decided to destroy all these "sample" copies (but I think no one did it!).
The picture disc shows the same "album" sleeve designed by Mark Ryden on both sides and it has a clear rim with matrix numbers on each side. It can come with a white "frame" sleeve with a large hole, or with a Sony Music blue & white brazilian sleeve.






sabato 19 novembre 2016

DANGEROUS 25 WEEK SPECIAL :
BLACK OR WHITE GREECE 12'' SINGLE
EPIC/SONY EPC657598 6
 
Well, greek pressing are very hard to find. Several singles were released from "BAD" (but not all), and even though we can learn something new, day by day, I'm quite sure that "Black or white" could be the last 12'' pressed in Greece - at the same time of the "Dangerous" lp which is the last lp press from this country. This 12'' single, with the same artwork of the dutch & spanish presses, has differences on the back sleeve and - of course - on the labels, with the "Epic" logo clearer and different writing fonts. This record is even more difficult to find in good conditions!








DANGEROUS 25 WEEK SPECIAL
TODAY'S ON THE AIR :  "JAM"
JAM THAILAND CASSETTE SINGLE 
EPIC/SONY 658360 4

"Nation to nation, all the world must come together,
Face the problems that we see,
Then maybe somehow we can work it out.
I asked my neighbor for a favor, she said, later.
What has come of all the people, have we lost love of what it's about?
I have to find my peace cause no one seems to let me be.
False prophets cry of doom, what are the possibilities?
I told my brother there'll be problems, times and tears for fears,
But we must live each day like it's the last.
Go with it, go with it.
Jam. It ain't, it ain't too much stuff,
It ain't too much, it ain't too much for me to jam.
It ain't, it ain't too much stuff,
It ain't, don't you, it ain't too much for me to..."